This past winter, I lived a different life. My alarm startled me out of bed at 5:30 am nearly every day, and I popped in a soothing yoga DVD before running into the bathroom for a rushed shower. After blow drying my hair and bundling up in 7 layers of jackets and scarves (yes, I’m in California…), I grabbed a banana and some dry cereal on my way out the door.
If I hurried enough, I’d have a spare 2 minutes at home to boil water and pour it into my cheery yellow travel mug along with a bag of green tea. To prevent any painful tongue burns, I waited until after the first hour-long meeting of the day to drink any. I’d walk across the street to a coffee shop and settle into the deep chair cushions, ignoring the hustle and bustle of other patrons, to quietly skim through emails while sipping my tea.
That little caffeine boost really helped for my afternoon teaching sessions too…
But once I switched to full-time blogging in April, I no longer needed to rise before the sun. I could savor my mornings, making egg-and-cheese omelettes to eat on the couch instead of crunching on Apple Jacks in the car. And without any kids to keep out of trouble in the afternoons, I stopped depending on caffeine to stay alert and prevent their messy chemical accidents.
While I gained peace and calm by working from home, I eventually started to miss my old routine—but only the tea part! I wanted to enjoy its earthy flavor again, just without the meetings, coffee shop chaos, and burning my tongue. So I mixed up a creamy chilled smoothie this summer, and it cured my green tea blues!